PTFS Uploads Cuban Missile Crisis Files into ArchivalWare to Commemorate Fiftieth Anniversary
North Bethesda, MD- October 23, 2012- In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, PTFS uploaded newly released Cuban Missile Crisis information highlighting Arthur Lundahl’s conversations with senior White House officials, including John F. Kennedy, into its ArchivalWare servers in conjunction with a special panel held at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) on October 15 to commemorate the event. The panel, including Dino Brugioni and Vincent DiRenzo, was part of a small group from the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center who worked for 13 tense days in October 1962 under the NPIC’s director, Arthur Lundahl, to avert a crisis that nearly brought the world to nuclear war. They joined author and journalist Michael Dobbs, two current NGA analysts and Arthur Lundahl’s son, Robert Lundahl. ArchivalWare is a commercial-off-the shelf, browser-based enterprise content management solution that allows organizations to store, search, retrieve, browse, and manage digital objects within one easy to use system. PTFS plans to demonstrate ArchivalWare Cuban Missile Crisis Digital Library capabilities to NGA officials in the near future.
The declassified information includes audio and video files which feature conversations that took place between key players of the Cuban Missile Crisis: President John F Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and Arthur Lundahl, Director of the National Photographic Interpretation Center. Under Art Lundahl’s supervision, imagery intelligence analysts discovered evidence indicating Cuba had multiple Medium Range Ballistic Missiles. Lundahl is credited with bringing this discovery to President Kennedy’s attention and stressing the immediate urgency of the precarious situation. This event was the closest the U.S ever came to a nuclear engagement and some believe that Lundahl and his team were responsible for preventing a global nuclear catastrophe.
Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc. (PTFS) has been a leading provider of enterprise content management solutions to Federal Civilian and DoD agencies since 1995. PTFS has an enterprise content management application marketed as ArchivalWare which has been in production for twelve years and is installed at more than eighty customer locations. This application is best known for providing knowledge management, geospatial, and declassification solutions and now provides content management as a service. Supporting services include digitization, system integration, application installation/configuration, content loading/organization, training, staff augmentation, and ongoing support. PTFS also supports Koha, an open source integrated library solution for research centers and libraries which has now been tightly integrated with ArchivalWare’s core CMS. PTFS installs, customizes, and hosts this application and supports over 800 libraries and research centers with the solution. For more information, visit https://ptfs.com